Monday, October 31, 2011

Mark Oct. 3, 16 and 22, 2012 on your calendars

Those will be the nights of the presidential debates for 2012.

The Los Angeles Times provides more details on today's announcement from the Commission on Presidential Debates.
The first of three televised debates will be on Oct. 3 at the University of Denver. A town hall meeting-style debate will be held on Oct. 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. The final meeting, at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., will be on Oct. 22 -- just two weeks before Election Day on Nov. 6.

The vice presidential nominees will debate only once, on Oct. 11 at Centre College in Danville, Ky.

The non-profit Commission, which has organized the debates since 1987, has also set criteria for participation. A candidate must appear on enough state ballots to mathematically be able to reach the 270 electoral votes required to win, and also poll at at least 15% of the national electorate in five major public polls.

The full format for each debate, along with the moderators, will be announced in 2012.

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